When we encounter a cloud of gloom hanging over us, it’s a question we often ask ourselves and others: “What’s bothering you?” Surprisingly, the answer, more often than not, leads to a simple yet profound solution – “Be grateful.”
Indeed, gratitude possesses the remarkable ability to change our perspective on life. It guides us to shift our focus from problems to solutions and complaints to contentment. The beacon illuminates our path to maintaining a positive outlook, even in the face of adversity, and propels us to work tirelessly without taking our blessings for granted.
The Quran repeatedly emphasizes humanity’s propensity for ingratitude. Chapter 14, Verse 34 states, “And if you should count Allah’s favour, you could not enumerate them. Indeed, mankind is [generally] most unjust and ungrateful.” Chapter 27, Ayah 74, reiterates, “And truly your Lord is gracious to mankind, but most of them are not grateful.”
Allah’s blessings are boundless, and as mentioned in An-Nahl 16:17-19, “And should you try to count Allah’s blessings, you could never compute them. Allah is, indeed, All-forgiving, All-compassionate.” Gratitude, or ‘shukr’ in Arabic, starkly contrasts with ‘kufr,’ or ungratefulness, and is a fundamental aspect of faith.
Reflecting upon our lives, we can find countless instances where Allah has guided and aided us. We often unconsciously utter, “Thank God for this and that,” without fully grasping the profound meaning of those words. Allah’s mercy is evident throughout the Quran, promising rewards to those who are grateful.
Surah 3, Ayah 145 states, “And Allah will certainly reward the grateful.” Surah 3, Ayah 145 reinforces, “And, We will reward the grateful.”
Gratitude is not a sporadic holiday practice for Muslims; it should be a continuous attitude that permeates our lives. Let us not merely count our blessings today and forget them for the remainder of the year. Instead, let gratitude guide our daily existence, drawing us closer to Allah’s boundless mercy and love.
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